Published in TB Business Magazine by Alexis Harborth photos by Dustin Ashcraft
Teri Cardenas is an inspiration. brEnthusiastic, intelligent and driven, she bris a healthcare executive with a positive brenergy that’s infectious. Cardenas brhas more than 30 years’ experience brin business development, strategy brand execution, marketing, physician brservices and communications. As CEO brof Physicians PremiER, her scope brincludes nine freestanding emergency brdepartments—five locations in Corpus brChristi, three in San Antonio and one brin Bryan—and four urgent care clinics brthroughout South Texas.
“I am so humbled and honored brto lead such an extraordinary, highly brskilled team of ER physicians, nurses, brER techs, rad techs and laboratory and brservice reps,” said Cardenas. “Physicians brPremiER has an innovative mission to brdeliver concierge, convenient service brand high-quality emergency care in a brunique model.”
She has spent the majority of her brcareer in senior leadership roles in large brhealthcare systems, as well as in some brentrepreneur startups and privately browned physician ventures. For Cardenas, brher work is a calling and a vocation. “I brabsolutely love working in healthcare. brThere is no other industry that touches brevery one of us or a loved one, often at brsome of the most difficult or uncertain brtimes in our lives.”
Her efforts have been recognized brwith national awards from Medseek brand Thomas Reuters, as well as for brCRM leadership at CHRISTUS Health for accountable outcomes in achieving braggressive patient acquisition goals. brBut for Cardenas, her favorite rewards brare the relationships she’s developed. br“The biggest honor is having amazing brteams through the years grow into their brown senior–level roles or start lucrative brconsulting careers,” said Cardenas. “And brwe’re still connected to this day; I’m brhonored when they call me for advice.”
When she isn’t making impacts brin our community, she is enjoying brthe community. “I love boating with brmy husband, soaking up the sun and brwalking the National Seashore,” said brCardenas. “I recently had outstanding brjob offers to move to Florida—and I brsimply didn’t want to leave Corpus. brThis is my desired forever home.” When brasked what she would tell someone brwho’s considering moving to the Coastal brBend, she simply replies, “Do it.”br
The ripple effect of her work is brfelt throughout our community, from brwellness programs to efforts to increase braccess to care. She is proud to call the brCoastal Bend home, and we are lucky to brhave her. Teri Cardenas is One to Watch bras she continues to lead and facilitate brhealth initiatives, setting into motion breffects felt now and for generations to brcome.